Putting aside the typical requirements of draft
height, and range. I am wondering what the experience of transiting the Great Loop would be like with 20-22' beam?
I believe the max fixed beam requirement is 23' on one of the locks through the great lakes
(or maybe the Trent-Severn), but even if the boat
technically fits as stock, fenders add width, and it would seem to me to be a very frantic experience if the boat
is that tight?
Also, wondering if there are long stretches where that beam fits but would block two-way traffic? And if so, how is this typically accommodated?
Finally, wondering how the relative availability is of marinas
and docks that can accommodate this large of beam?
I know there are smaller cats (PDQ, Gemini
, etc) but the idea would be to live aboard for several years and spend lots of time in the Caribbean
as well as Lake Ontario/Huron.
Note that I'm not particularly interested in transiting the Trent-Severn because I live around here and can do that in a more appropriate vessel